Spring Cleaning Tips to Declutter Your Closet
Posted byAlicia Trent
Spring has finally arrived. There’s no better time to let the fresh breeze in and move the clutter out. Spring cleaning is a great way to get organized and rid your closet of junk. But before you grab those trash bags, follow these spring cleaning tips to ensure your old items end up in the right place.
Separate With Care
To start, separate your items into groups with designated destinations, such as the keep, toss and donate piles. Use labeled boxes or bags to tell the difference and don’t remove anything until you’re finished sorting. This enables you to easily move items from one location to another in case you change your mind about those velvet pants.
Decide What to Toss
It’s tough to part with any piece of clothing, especially when it may be doomed to the garbage can. But be honest: Is the item damaged beyond repair? If a huge rip requires a magic wand rather than a tailor’s sewing needle to mend it, it’s time to say goodbye.
Discoloration or permanent stains also make the item a candidate for the trash bin, suggests an article in the Huffington Post.1 If unsure, visualize yourself taking a trip to a second-hand store and coming across the clothing piece. Would you buy the damaged item? If not, drop that sucker in the trash pile and don’t look back.
Dig for Donations
As the old saying goes, “One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure.” Don’t overlook clothes that would make a great outfit … for someone else. First, ask yourself whether the item still fits, suggests Reader’s Digest.2 If it’s too big, too small, fits poorly or is just plain out of style, move it to the donation pile. Similarly, if you have too many of the same pieces — such as T-shirts, black sweaters, or white tanks — lessen your load by donating what you don’t need. Another key question to ask: Would I buy it today? If the answer is no, you know what to do.
Know What to Save
Keep items that you love or that you wear most often. Look for items that are comfortable or that compliment other pieces in your closet. Ask yourself if the clothing piece matches at least three items that you own. A rule of thumb is to have a 60-to-40 ratio of solids and neutrals to statement pieces and prints.2 Don’t give up on beloved items just because of a missing button or broken zipper. If you loved it enough to keep it all these years, it’s worth a trip to the tailor.
Remember to Recycle
Not all spring cleaning items are meant to be kept or tossed; some are ripe for transformation. Use old underwear or shirts as rags or turn a lumpy sweater into dog bedding. Check with your local recycling centers to find out what clothing and other household items they accept. Polyester, for example, is recyclable. And if you can’t part with your high school basketball jersey, consider framing or hanging it as a decoration. Other options include making a tote bag out of a favorite item, sewing it into a blanket or pillow, or giving the item to Grandma to make a special quilt.
1Groman, Polina. “Closet Hacks: How to Know When It’s Time to Donate Your Clothes.” The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/polina-groman/closet-hacks-how-to-know-_b_5526120.html.
2Labianca, Juliana. “Organize Your Closet: 9 Genius Rules for Deciding Which Clothes to Keep or Toss.” Reader’s Digest. http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/organize-closet-keep-toss-rules/.
- Posted by Alicia Trent
- On April 11, 2017